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Ok guys as most of you know I got my new exhaust in yesterday from FedEx. Here is my writeup on it:

First...disconnect the negative cable on the battery!


I used this wondeful stuff to break apart the bolts that were rusting up on stock exhaust.


Spray it on these.



I also sprayed some WD-40 on the rubber hangars to help them slide in and out easier...which is still a little task!



Next take off the 2 nuts that is holding together the tailpipe to the muffler. Notice how the bolts from the muffler pipe are attached. These do not come out they are welded in.


Slide out the tailpipe from the rear (this will take a little manuevering but nothing too hard. Set tailpipe to the side.


This part took me 2 hours. Take the nuts off of the U-bolt that is holding the muffler pipe onto the catalytic converter pipe and pull off the U-bolt. Then you have the wonderful task of getting the muffler pipe to, as the install sheet says, slide the muffler right off! BS! :wall: As I said I was working on this for about 2 hours. I bent 1 screwdriver, broke a chisel, and spilled my beer! I tried using a torch to warm up the pipe to get it to bend easier. Let's just say it was a pain but I finally wiggled it off.



I don't have a floorjack so this part may disturb a few people. I will tell it how I did it. Please use your own safer methods if you want :)

Set the muffler underneath the rear tire to keep the Escape from rolling. I took my jack that came with the Escape and jacked up the right side of the Escape to bring down the axle. You can't slide the tailpipe through unless you make some clearance as it is wider in diameter than the stock pipe.



I kept the tailpipe wrapped in the bubble wrap to protect it from scratches during the install and to protect from hitting my bumper.


Next slide the muffler into the 2 fittings from the tailpipe and the catalytic converter and hand tighten the nuts on the u-bolts...my ratchet decided it wanted to chill on the nut while I was taking the picture. DO NOT FULLY TIGHTEN THE NUTS YET!


Next make sure you mess around with the whole exhaust and get the tailpipe so that it has atleast 1/2" clearance from any plastic.



Tighten all the u-bolts...with the ratchet that is chilling on the nut this time...


Reconnect the negative battery cable.


Final pics that I could get...it was dark out.



 

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That was neat.

Thank you for sharing Scott.

The best news is the screwdriver appears to be a Craftsman which means you can get a free replacement!!! :thumb:
 

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Exactly!

Scottie!!! Dude!!! You freakin' did it!!!

Me so proud.

:D
 

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I am very happy with this mod...I hope this writeup helps everyone else that wants to do something similar.
 

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Change mine on the Edge, and I'll change all of your LEDs.

Deal?

:bill:
 

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ship it here!
 

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The Edge, or the LEDs?

:lol:
 

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The Edge! :)
 

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Not if you're going to let a mule yak into it...

:bill:
 

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I'll keep him tied up in the front yard :wacko:
 

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How's the exhaust sound?

I've only had my Escape for a week and have been used to driving my 92' Mustang with race exhuast - so I'm not looking for that, but just a little more grunt sound without sounding like it's shredding rice... :tease:
 

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It definitely has a deeper tone to it. Especially if you are pulling something or have a full car. Once I get my camera back from Best Buy I will try to get a video to capture the sound for you.
 

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Hi sorry to bump and old thread, but just wondering if you ever did get a video or if anyone has one, the ones on youtube are not very good. thanks! And nice install!
 

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I'm going to once I get a chance to. I don't want to do one around my house cuz my neighbors may get mad :D

I am going to wait until I am at my hometown next. Then I won't mind it as much speeding down the road.
 

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So what if any performance gains are there from installing this upgrade?
 

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Its more for sound but I have noticed a much better MPG on the highway. I got 24mpg on the highway after install....usually topped off at 19mpg before the install.
 

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thanks for the detailed pics and instructions man
 
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